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V.ai ' ^° 3th! 6th. 7th and Sth Postal Zones : .. : :-.«0 One Month-S3.60Sb Months - $7.20 One *w :: 'Th« Evening Times an<Tsunday Times »s*"|>« »« ' financial responslbUlty for typographical errors in : advertisements but will reprint that part of an :'IdvertUement in which the typographical error ; .'• occurs, errors mast b« reported at once. ;•• "Tuesday Afternoon, November 1,1955 OUR COUNTRY The union of hearts, the union of fronds and the Flag of our Union forever.- -Morris. WHY,THATS TMe D06 I'VE BEEN READING ABOUT IN THE LOST AND FOUND ADS/ BLACK SPOTAROUND LEFT EVE-WELL,WE/ BETTER PHONE TH' / ~- "'— NOW// LLSETTc? ASK PERMISSION TO KEEP KIM - •Time For Showdotvn fer WITH THE GENEVA Foreign Ministers' conference under way, the test is stilly ^ hand for the Soviet Union. After l-'long series of discredited "peace" overtures, the Russians in 1955, under new management, finally put some substance linto their "new look." They agreed to the ipng-delayed Austrian peace treaty. They lifted the Iron Curtain part way. They : Stopped shouting epithets at America and J l / inm/7V T turned on the smiles. At the summertime •* HVinUA MJ. ''Conference at the, summit in .Geneva, ._ -p. ,. }£/- /~ii • .they exhibited a conciliatory spirit which Lausene JNot Likely As Demo s 5o tiioice slemed to promise real gams toward .... J- • • peace. They appeared to have concluded that nuclear warfare was unthinkable, atd that reasonable negotiation with 'the """" ; was the only alternative. - Whitney Bolton — r -*. • Looking Sideways Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker i Hal Boyle NEW YORK-There is an exceedingly pretty woman I keep seeing at Opening Nights on Broadway and although the few times we have exchanged words have been profitable for me (whatever they may have been l)r her), J do .not talk to this attractive lady any more than I have to because with or without a typewriter she is a wit and heaven never meant me to be a coffee house dandy exchanging quips with glib people. Mrs. Jean Kerr, who is undeniably easy to gaze upon, is the lady I am talking about ight out here in public print and the only reason I am doing it is because she and her husband, Walter, recently bought a witch's castle. I thought if anything will drive' the jokes out of her system, this will, and maybe «.i intermission times I can manage a fev. words on an equal level. No such luck. What man can hope to talk with ease about so humdrum a thing" as New Orleans iron, when the lady he is talking to can whip out a tale about an entire room made from a Hudson River steamboat. And if that isn't enough, she can cite the 32 bells in her tower or the bathroom paved and walled with tiles' obviously pried up in the dead of night from a side street in Istanbul. ; '•^ BUT, AS HAS BEEN said again and again since that meeting, what the Russians offered there was only a promise. That it carried, more weight than- earlier pledges was due to the fact of their token gestures of sincerity, like the Austrian treaty. Nevertheless, the real work of negotiation was put off. It begins now, •with hard-headed discussion of issues like disarmament, European security :and German unity. If no progress is made on any of these vital fronts; then we shall, be forced to conclude that the Russians, for ill their meaty 1955 gestures, are still determined upon their objectives of world conquest. We shall have^to'• dismiss the ^hew look" as merely the most convincing of their frauds upon free peoples yearning intensely for genuine peace. No question of it, the Russians have gained considerably this year by their new tactics. A few months of really warm smiles have done more to lull Western fears than all the propaganda pumped, out since World War II. ':,'..;• I s BUT. ALL THE advantage does not lie with them, just the same. -They were able this year to overcome to some degree their reputation for fraud only : . by delivering some real goods on the line.. Should they now —after all this buildup — once ir-ore show that their promises are hollow, they might find it impossible ever again to have responsible men in the West take them seriously. In a sense the West too is on test, in that it must be, steadily alert to signs of real Russian intention to.settle outstanding issues. But fundamentally, this is pay-off time for the Kremlin. The Russians must deliver Something solid, or their elaborate 1955 campaign will collapse, leaving an indelible imprint of distrust on Western minds. WASHINGTON:— Once again the name of the amiable and personable Governor Frank J. Lausche of Ohio is bobbing up on the list of possible dark horses or compromise candidates for the 1956 Democratic Presidential nomination—if the convention should break open into a brawl between the new leading contenders, as well it might. , Now Governor Lausche gets the .extra touch in a mild puff by one of the South's most important political leaders — Senator Richard S. Russell of Georgia. He spoke of the Ohioan as a "middle-reader" who might be a good candidate, though taking pains to insist he is not trying to start a boom for the governor who now is in his fifth term in a state 'sometimes called "The Mother of President's." Senator Russell said he is undecided yet about his personal pereference for the nomination. Governor Lausche's chief asset is the vote-getting ability he has demonstrated in Ohio. For that reason his name gets on the lists of "possibles" between conventions. But when the convention comes along he fades out. That's been going on a long time • now — he first became governor in 1945. . Why the "fade-out" at the big show? THERE ARE - TWO reasons which weigh heavily with practi- ca 1 politicians who are concerned with the code of politics and with .the problem of the Democratic . party in winning elections. ••As for the first, Frank Lausche "is known as a lone operator in politics, . and not a team-player. Not only does he show little interest in, or cooperation with, the state democratic organization, but he has never exerted himself on behalf, of the national ticket and, in such an influential state as Ohio that is important. . In last year's Congressional, elections, he was reserved, if not .parsimonious, in his support for Democratic Senator . Tom Burke who got beat by a very slim margin by Republican George Bender, then a member of the House of Representatives. Governor Lausche always had an understanding with Republicans and the late' Senator Taft during the ascendency of the lat- 'ter, and rejected Democratic pleas that he challenge the Republican Senator. He abandoned the Democratic "candidate against Senator Taft. in the latter's 1950 race. the three leading candidates for the nomination are associated— Adlai Stevenson, Governor Averell Harriman and Sen. Estcs Kefauver. The Southern ' Senator Russell told much of the "real situation when he gave Governor Lausche a hand as a "middle-roader" and said the other three were a little too far to the left for Southern people. GOVERNOR Lausche can afford . to be a prima donna, as he is politically, for he can. get. votes- always for himself, though he never shares his influence with other Democrats. In fact, it is undoubtedly his avoidance of associations with his own party, whereby he" maintains a sort of independent political position, that attracts many Republican voters who also find his political philosophy eminently satisfactory. • .'.-•.'...... His lack of interest in the state Democratic organization deprives it of the strength and spirit that he might lend to it and so helps to explain the inadequacies of the party organization on behalf of other Democratic candidates. In Ohio you hear from other Democratic party workers a bitter description of his policy as "Lausche First." All of this makes understandable the lack of real enthusiasm among Democratic leaders, state and national, in .a Lausche candidacy for President or Vice President. This is especially true in the New Deal-Fair Deal wing of the Democratic Party, with which WHICH BRINGS us to second reason why the Ohio governor fades out among national party leaders, outside of the South. This is because of what they regard as his conservatism, .and they use that term rather than the "middle-roader" of Senator Russell. Governor Lausche serves to symbolize a tendency .observed every four years — which" is to revive a theory that the party should nominate a conservative. It comes principally from the South. Astute party leaders get weary of dismissing if. They' know that Democrats could never win a national election with a conservative. Their view—and it is borne out in experience—is that if the people are-in a mood for a conservative they would never-take a'Democrat with that lo'oal, fearing that he could not cont. ol his party — but would go all the way and pick a Republican because they are sure of that party's conservatism. . The chief promoters of a con- Conservation Democratic candidate always are powerful economic interests which would like to have a conservative head each party's ticket to make sure, if possible, that their special stakes in government would be protected. It is among these, in fact, that the Lausche candidacy finds its promoters, as party leaders here are aware. He is regarded as "safe." (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Peter Edson Metered Milk -;;'. IN ANOTHER 25 years milk will'be piped into the house as water is now. A meter on the pipe will determine how much is used and bills will be paid later on the same basis as water, gas and electric bills are paid now. These predictions have been made by a scientist at the Texas- Agricultural and Mechanical College. They're fascinating notions but prudent mothers will want to make sure that the milk coming out of the spigot is perfectly fresh and subject to no contamina- .tion from the pipes. Mothers will also have the added burden each time they leave the house of wondering if any one has left the milk running. Success in piping milk might lead to foods being furnished in a similar way. Perhaps machines could be rigged like those which now .operate in automatic .restaurants. Then it would no longer be essential to go to the grocery often, just as television is making it unnecessary to leave home for entertainment. Tomorrow's wonderful world sounds more every day like the Big Rock Candy Mountain. Milk from spigots; food from machines; why not wish for peppermint trees? |or The Children I. "SUFFER THE LITTLE children to rome unto Me" is one of the most beloved of all the sayings of Jesus. It touches the' inner recognition, present in all civilized peoples, that children are the innocents whose lives are closer to God than those of all but a handful of-the 'most dedicated adults. Partly because of this inner feeling, charity that goes directly for the benefit of children has a special place in the. heart.'It is pleasant, therefore, to encounter a kind of giving that docs. this. The United Nations Internation: «l Children's Emergency Fund, commonly Jknown.as UNICEF.Js selling.Christmas cards again for the benefit of children of til-races who need help. Two artists-of International fame have contributed their (designs'. All profits will be used for food, medicine and other aid to children. tfNICEF's goal Is five million cards. If ; tl)«t many arc sold, the proceeds could provide nearly half a million children iirlt ha cup of milk daily for a year. Radio, TV Cost To Double For '56 Campaign WASHINGTON (NBA) — Both Republicans and Democrats expect their radio and television costs in 1956 to be double whrit they were in 1952. That means a total outlay of around 12 million dollars, or 15 to 20 cents per voter. The Senate Elections Committee reported that all radio and TV time bought by political organizations in 1952 cost over six million dollars. The Republicans spent $3,400,000 and the Democrats $2,600.000. This covers presidential, congressional, state and local contests. On the Eisenhower-Stevenson race alone. Republican organizations spent around $1.500,000, while the Democrats spent about $800,000. The GOP figure includes over $600.000 spent by the Citizens for Eisenhower and , Nixon group, which had its own budget, separate from the national committee's. public relations for the Republicans, and Sam Brightman, press chief for the Democrats, say they have been informed these costs will be doubled next'year. Gulay says they're 90 per cent higher. Both time on the air and "preemption cost" must be paid. The latter is the amount that must be turned over to commercial broadcast sponsors who relinquish their programs. The rise in cost is due not only to the increase in number of radio and TV sets, bur-to the increase in number of broadcasting stations. Federal Communications Commission summarizes the U. S. growth like this: In 1952 there were 105 million receivers, including 18 million TV and nine million FM sets. Today there are 120 million receivers, including 36 million TV (150,000 sets) and 10 million FM. of class A evening time cost $60,000 for all TV networks. The same. time on all radio networks cost only $10,000. These figures are for time only, and do not include production costs nor pre-emption costs. But they are bound to be higher next year because of the increase in number of broadcasters. FCC figures estimate that there would be a total of 4125 broadcasters in 1956, compared with 3184 in 1952's, campaign. These include commercial AM and FM; educational FM and TV and commercial TV. THE 1952 COST for a half-hour broadcast on all networks was between $100,000 and $150,000, depending on time. L. Richard Gulay, director of THE CENSUS Bureau recently reported that 32 million American households, or two-third of the total, had one or more receivers. The big increase, of course, has been in television— 100 per cent. In the 1954 elections, half hour History Front The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO November 1, 1945 C. Z, Ileskett. city attorney, announces municipal airport is to be leased to William J. Graham, president of a Pittsburgh flying school. P. E. F/ihcy, draft board clerk, announces 647 servicemen registered with three local boards were released from service in October. Faculty, of Fort Hill High School presents "Faculty Follies of 1945" .to aid in Victory Loan Drive. while on trip earned by placing first in state canning contest. TWKNTY YEARS AGO November 1, 1935 J. Torbct Mnrlin, this city, severely injured while working on Oaklnnd-San Francisco bridge. Peter J. Carpenti and Harry I. Slegmaicr admitted to practice law in Maryland. Mary Hardinger, member of Bedford Road 4-H Club, appears on radio program in Baltimore THIRTY YEARS AGO November 1, 1925 Mayor and Council purchases old cement mill property along Wills Creek for conversion to city warehouse. Miss Rebecca Levin named "Miss Cumberland" in popularity contest sponsored by Moose Lodge. Miss • Isabclle Thompson, .Ml. Savage, named public health nurs« for Cumberland. NEITHER Democrats nor Republicans have prepared their budget in detail for the '56 campaign. National political.organizations are now limited by the Hatch Act to a three-million-dollar maximum. The major parties get around this by organizing any number of separate committees. . Sen. Thomas C. Henning. Jr., chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, is author of a bill which would increase the maximum to 12 million dollars for each party. Congressional campaign' fund ceilings would also be raised. In view of the rapidly rising costs of air time, chartered plane travel, special trains, pamphlets, posters, billboards and everything and everything else, such an increase seems only realistic. Favorable estimates have put all political campaign expenses in 1952 at 50 million to 80 million dollars at 50 million to 80 million expected to go to 100 million or 150 million dollars next year. FORTY YEARS GO November 1, 191!; F. C. Scott appointed principal •of Pennsylvania and Virginia Avenue schools. Dr. J.' J, Kennedy, formerly of Kcyser, murdered by unidentified man at Mill Creek, W. V*. It's just as hard to earn what I you get as H is to get wh»t you earn. MRS. KERR IS not only a wit, she is a commercial wit. She is not above turning her daily tribu^ lations into money by sitting down at a typewriter and putting into prose what is funny about a broken leg. In the immediate case, she does not have a broken leg. She has a house in Lachmont Manor, N. Y., a house she went to as a sheep to slaughter when a gigglirig real estate agent said: "There's a crazy house down oh the water. Would you like to see it just; for laughs?"- '..'... . . If you think Jean Kerr could resist this warning, you're as nuts as her house. They went, she took a look at portholes, turrets secret doors which promised to cause four children to vanish abreast, the bell tower and a burned area that would cost $50,000 to rebuild— • and she bought. She and Walter, poor man. two stories tall, a free 'ipestry only two inches shorter than the Field of the Cloth of Gold (free because no one in his right mind would give two cents for it) and from one wall, suddenly, the duet from "Carmen" began to chime. It was noon and each day at noon this farblondjete clock plays that silly tune. I don't know what happens at midnight, which is the other 12 o'clock. The Kerrs don't either. They are always on train at midnight. These details, and many others. Mrs. Kerr has supplied to the November issue of a national monthly and the best advice I can give you, woman or man, is to go out and get some money on the line, and buy the magazine. . Not only does Mrs. Kerr tell you a lot more—like the mounds of sand in the kitchen and the piles of lumber in the living room w'r:h resembles the Main Hall at Castle Bloodye on the moors of Lancashire—but she goes into detail about areas that so far haven't ^supplied a reason for their exist. ence. .The magazine, with a prodigal hand (on the basis that no house anywhere in the world is quite so hilarious), has literally srwn the article with pictures the photographer obviously .couldn't resist. Could you resist a bedroom window with gargoyles or tiled floors studded with clay, vases large enough to hold Ali Baba. the Forty Thieves and the Kerr children? AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK —Death gets to be less of a stranger as you grow older. • ... : As he harvests more and more of your friends and enemies, your gloating, sense of survival becomes smaller. You are suddenly aware that more than 50 per cent of the people you've met in your lifetime are no longer with you. There are some memories a man 'can't afford It is too perilous a self-indulgence. Some remembrances will crack the average middle-aged person's mind unless he turns his thoughts away. .. . , But the past always churns in every braiiufe and I think at times of "Shorb" Schultz. *' '• How the little man does come back, and I don't know why! -• - • . Back in 1928 I was a green copy boy and one of my duties was to carry late Saturday night copy from the Associated Press office in the Kansas City Star building to the AP office in the Journal-Post. . . - : Shorb, to whom I delivered the copy, was one of my boyhood heroes. He was a telegrapher. He was about 5 feet tall. and 5 feet . around the middle. INSIDE, there was a fireplace NOT ONLY DID the house come, equipped with all these singular appurtences, but it also contained telescopes on tripods, items plainly designed-to give the owners time to flee when the neighborhood rose up in revolt and came with torches to burn the place down. If you can see a mob coming five miles away you can always saddle up and take to .the hills. Mrs. Kerr is not. to be blamed for writing articles about her house. - It's going to Ji into important folding money to pay what has to be done. Besides, how many American women can say at a lunchean, and hopefully with some pride: "You know, we liye in a replica of what Hitler's Eagle's Nest retreat looked like after the bombing." (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Jet Planes Absorb Junk WASHINGTON—One of the big problems of J. S. McDonnell, the St. Louis airplane manufacturer, is keeping the bric-a-brac out of the engines. He means jets. These function like gigantic, super-powered . ^.cu- um cleaners, sucking in air at the rate of four tons a minute. This suction picks up paper "clips,'odd bolts and .nuts, spare rivets, and whatever else happens to be in the vicinity and not nailed down. Let such a small piece of ironmongery pass through the innards of one of these engines and it's 'ready for the junk yard. Or at least .it's got to be rebuilt, with an assortment of new parts. payers of this little snafu may run over $100,000,000. McDonnell insisted there was nothing wrong with at 'east 51 of the planes he built. Just give him proper engines to put in 'em, he said,-.and.they'11 fly reliably. Of course, said he, thej were designed for the Korean..War.-;.-. A lot of things have happened since then, including improvements in fighting planes, and he satf he doubted they'd be much use for combat in 1955. (United Feature Syndicate^, Inc.) Hospitals McDONNELL, a man with a gra. suit, rimless eyeglasses. and an appearance closely, resembling that of his Congressional inquisitors, was on the carpet answering charges of a Navy captain—since rescinded—that he ruined entirely too many jet engines, fitting them into his planes. He was a bitter man. He said airplane factories all over were plagued by cotter keys, chewing gum and gravel being vacuumed into the engines. He said he did believe he'd done a better job combating this than most. For one thing he hired H. Earl Moore as quality control manager, in charge of keeping air for engines unsullied by flying hardware. Engineer Moore has 975 helpers, who spend much of their time inspecting an almost unin- spectable situation. THE TROUBLE, said Moore, is that airplanes mostly are riveted together. To set the rivets takes a small steel item known as a bucking bar. These many years airplane builders have been losing bucking bars in odd place: around airplanes. This didn't matter much in days gone by, because t.'.ey either stayed put. or fell out. The reciprocating engine nevei sucked 'em into itself. Came then the jet, which did. Came also the military; cramming so much .nore stuff into airplanes that a sharp-eyed inspector couldn't even see a bucking bar down back of tb plumbing. So Moore made a deal with the Atomic Energy Commission to get some hot stuff to atomize the bucking bars. He had to have enough tb be noticeable, but.not enough to sicken the human riveters. He finally achieved the proper mixture. He's now in the process of treating 8,000 bucking bars with atoms. When one of these gets lost in, or .around an airplane, a quick whisk with a Geiger counter will find it. SCHULTZ LEFT nothing to chance. He was'a bachelor. He made.money playing the grain market on the side. His girl friend sold magazine subscriptions, so he got his reading matter free. • ' -| Food was an obsession with him. He always brought his own lunch 'and dinner. His endless sandwiches and pieces of fruit were separately wrapped, and he unwrapped eacci small tidbit as if he were unveiling the Taj Mahal. . t To fetch him.the copy I had tb cross••* viaduct. Often on a cold Missouri night Td stand there and watch the stream .floatingjup and listen to the long "whoo-whoo-whoq"" o! locomotives setting out for old St. Louis : or neighing in pause on-the long road to;Loi Angeles. ' . ; . ;' : ^;;i The night held a magic glamor. Big black cars drove by and I could hear the sound ol feminine laughter floating back. • . " j I. dreamed that some time one of the big black cars would halt and an older womafl with blonde hair and ruinous eyes' would cafl in a throaty voice, "Won't you come in?'/ - i By HAL COCHRAN Autos or girls, the paint often conceals the years but the lines give them away. Lots of divorces arc caused by men who marry to get a home and then *Uy aw*y from it. THE ENGINES that collected .too many loose bolts in their Whirling innards were the J-tO's furnished by the Westinghouse Electric Co., for use in tb Demon fighter planes McDonnell was building for the Navy- These engines didn't work so well, apparently because they had been designed to fit • l:ss weighty airplane. Four test pilots were killed checking-the ship, several others had narrow escapes and production was canceled after 54 such planes were built. The cost to us tax- "THE CITY of Eveleth, Minnesota, • needs a new hospital. The last one was built 55 years ago. It is privately Owned, full to bursting. Everybody in and around Eveleth . knows the need. But nobody wants to pay for it. This is not because the people are unwilling to do their share. It's a good community. There are big concerns willing to help with big gifts. Federal funds n»ay be available under the Hill-Burton Act. But there's a sort of apathy. To an outsider it looks as if the main reason is that people are not clear how the financing can be done. They do not quite understand the bonding process. But it is really not difficult. Many' projects are financed that way. First, voters vote to allow the city to "issue bonds." A bond is a sort of mortgage, and the city agrees to pay the money back with interest. City taxes will have to be raised a little to cover costs jf paying the interest and expense of selling bonds, then of "retiring the bonds," that is, paying the principal. Everyone will have to pay a little extra. This falls directly on real estate owners, but everyone uses land and pays indirectly for its use. If he does not own property, he buys groceries from people who do, or he rents from people who do. Everyone really helps pay. • When surgery is needed, maternal care, X-rays, quick bandaging or'any of the other services a hospital gives so well and quickly at need, there is the hospital to give them—and "what will a man give in exchange for his life?" A town hospital serves not only its town but miles of countryside. Why don't they vote for the bonds?. When election- day comes they probably will. They like to argue and kick about taxes — every American's privilege. But when they get down to brass tacks, they'll build the hospital. AH over America are little cities in like fix. They'll build 'em, too. So They Say Hell, it's too early to tell (who'll be 1956 presidential candidates). And besides, it doesn't make any difference who's President. We'll still have controls, quota and allotments.—I, V. Moss, Texas cotton farmer, when quizzed on his presidential preference. I haven't decided whether it will be govemor or senator, but I can say I am not ready to retire from polilids. —Frank Lausche, Ohio's fjve-term Democratic governor, rays he'll run again. PROGRESS CAUGHT up with Shorb. .The Morse wire was replaced by an automatic printer machine that forced him to punch 'first 40 words a minute, then 60 words. ' . ' . * His two flying pudgy fingers couldn't quite keep up with the tape. He took a job between midnight and morning when news was scar.ce so that he could fight out the problem of adjusting to a new system. He never really quite made it. He still brought his food in neat parcels! He never complained. But one day the little gallant fat man stood up, then fell over dead. Something in his heart or head had burst. I Still at times I think of Shorb and the long- gone time when I fetched the news copy tb him across the viaduct where the trains cried "whoo-whoo-whoo." .• Supposing I did walk that way again and this time one of the big black slinky cars really did stop and a girl with a throaty voice called, "Where are you going— can L,give you a lift?" ^ ? What would I "do? I know. I'd say: .'? "No, thank you, ma'am. I'm just out for a bit of fresh air." : (Associated Press) George Dixon ; ---- ._, . -V; The Washington Scene O . t WASHINGTON— I insisted we come home from Europe before my bride could meet Capt. Townsend, because I will not have her name linked with that of a commoner. Moreover, if the unmanning incident at Chigwell could be taken as an augury, there .were omens that the old country might be plunging into a rather unethical type of crime wave. . • i _ The police of Chigwell, a metropolitan area in Essex, have a Rugby team. On a recent Saturday, which dawned in a normally damp and law-abiding manner, the Chigwell Bobbies took on the London Welsh for a rugged go at rugger But, during the game, an unsportsman- like thief raided the police team's dressing room and made off with the wallets of nine constables. - v The purloined purses contained not only a total of better than 50 quid in cash, but the official warrants cards which authorize tha players, while not engaged at scrum, to search subjects of Her Majesty and make arrests;' : FIFTY QUID -averages out to more than s pounds per constable, which is a sizeable sum for a Bobby .to be packing, but particularly when he intends to doff his uniform pants and leave them lying around a dressing room; However nothing'developed from this although there were mutterings in Labor Party circles' that questions should be asked in the House. ': The victims also found themselves in a rather unusual quandary, because, without their warrants cards, they could not legally search each other. And to their further embitterment they lost the match to the London Welsh—who suffered no pilferage' of cash or cards—21 to 3l When we left Europe the unspeakable crime had not yet been solved, but Scotland Yard said the C.I.D. was making inquiries '; . I UNEARTHED ONE reassuring piece of information abroad. .Since the MacLean- Burgess revelation, the British Foreign Office security officers have been right on their toes; They had reason to suspect that a certain division might be infiltrated by enemy agents' so they sacked the whole force. But British fair play prevailed. They gave the discharged employes three months notice and let theni continue on the job until the three months were up. ; They probably feared it might be too severe a shock to a spy's nervous system if his spying was stopped too abruptly. • I AM GLAD I CAME back because I found I had been getting out of touch with the living issues in the U.S.A. This was brought hon to me most forcibly by Federal Communic tions Commissioner Edward M. Webster. The 66-year-old commissioner is a former Coast Guard commodore and not at all a jocular type. He is a native of the District of Columbia, which means he probably never had 'much to laugh about. Nevertheless he regaled a gathering with this story: A man comes home late on the night of his wife's birthday empty-handed. She demands: "Where^ my birthday present?" and he says: "It's outside—come and look!" She goes outside and there, at the curb, is a brand new 1956 car of a certain costly make. "It's yours!" he says. He expects her face to light up, but instead she scowls. "What happened?" she rasps. "Were yot so dumb you flunked th* $64,000 question?"
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